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Spaghetti Carbonara

Course: Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, quick pasta dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 897 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur

This spaghetti carbonara recipe is easy to make and full of delicious flavor! Done in just 30 minutes, your whole family will love this carbonara. After all, what better savory flavor combination than cheese, pasta and bacon? I'll wait.


  • 1 pound 454g) dry spaghetti or linguine
  • 8 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, optional
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (100g) grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring about 6 quarts of water to a boil. Salt your water well (taste it and it should taste salty) This is an important step because it is the only time you can add flavor to the pasta itself.
  2. Add in the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain.

  3. In a small bowl combine the cheese and eggs. Set aside.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the bacon and cook until crispy. Stir in the garlic (if using) and cook for 1 minute. Toss in the pasta and reserved water. Remove from the heat.

  5. Add in the egg and cheese mixture a little at a time stirring quickly so not to scramble the eggs. The residual heat will cook the eggs.
  6. Season with freshly cracked pepper and salt if needed. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 897 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 848mg37%
Potassium 489mg14%
Carbohydrates 115g38%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 489mg49%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.